Aka. Brachial plexus distraction test
To test for radiculopathy or brachial plexus lesion.
• The patient is seated.
• The examiner stands behind the patient.
• The examiner side-bends the neck and depresses the ipsilateral shoulder. This places a detractive force through the nerve roots of the cervical and brachial plexii.
• The examiner observes the patient for pain.
The test is positive if the patient reports neurological radiations in the upper extremity. If patient reports only local pain may indicate symptoms of musculo-ligamentous origin.